Have you noticed a new billboard while entering Fillmore congratulating the Fillmore High School Graduating Class of 2020? The community of Fillmore is proud of their graduating seniors!
Have you noticed a new billboard while entering Fillmore congratulating the Fillmore High School Graduating Class of 2020? The community of Fillmore is proud of their graduating seniors!
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A group of boys are pictured enjoying themselves, racing each other in the St. Francis church parking lot. With at home restrictions slowly being lifted more and more people are enjoying some outdoor fun!
A group of boys are pictured enjoying themselves, racing each other in the St. Francis church parking lot. With at home restrictions slowly being lifted more and more people are enjoying some outdoor fun!
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(above & below) Motorcycle Crash Near Vons. On Friday, May 22nd at 4:36pm on A Street near Vons shopping center a silver sedan and motorcycle collided. The VC Sheriff and Fire Departments responded to the scene quickly and redirected traffic while they were able to investigate the scene. No injuries were reported; cause is still under investigation.
(above & below) Motorcycle Crash Near Vons. On Friday, May 22nd at 4:36pm on A Street near Vons shopping center a silver sedan and motorcycle collided. The VC Sheriff and Fire Departments responded to the scene quickly and redirected traffic while they were able to investigate the scene. No injuries were reported; cause is still under investigation.
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(above & below) Car Collision, No Injuries. On Thursday, May 21st at 3:20pm a two-car collision occurred on Ventura & A Street near the Chevron Gas Station. Two vehicles collided, deploying the air bags in one of the vehicles. VC Sheriffs and Fillmore Fire responded to the scene. No injuries were reported; cause is still under investigation.
(above & below) Car Collision, No Injuries. On Thursday, May 21st at 3:20pm a two-car collision occurred on Ventura & A Street near the Chevron Gas Station. Two vehicles collided, deploying the air bags in one of the vehicles. VC Sheriffs and Fillmore Fire responded to the scene. No injuries were reported; cause is still under investigation.
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(above & below) Two Car Collision at C & 1st Street. On Wednesday, May 20th at 1:05pm at C Street and 1st, a blue sedan and silver SUV collided. Both Fillmore Fire and VC Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. No injuries
were reported at the time of the crash; cause is still under investigation.
(above & below) Two Car Collision at C & 1st Street. On Wednesday, May 20th at 1:05pm at C Street and 1st, a blue sedan and silver SUV collided. Both Fillmore Fire and VC Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. No injuries were reported at the time of the crash; cause is still under investigation.
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Pictured above and below are two murals, cast your vote! The mural above honors Fillmore Citrus and Fruit association, and the mural below honors Fillmore’s great agricultural heritage. Images Courtesy Nova Storage, Fillmore.
Pictured above and below are two murals, cast your vote! The mural above honors Fillmore Citrus and Fruit association, and the mural below honors Fillmore’s great agricultural heritage. Images Courtesy Nova Storage, Fillmore.
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Courtesy Nova Storage Fillmore

Nova storage calls on the community and invites you to take part in the artwork choosing for a new mural.

On March 21, 2020 Nova Storage Fillmore put the final touches on the first mural that currently adorns the front wall of our building. The mural honors the historic Fillmore Citrus and Fruit Association, who once occupied this very building.

As we prepare for a second one, Nova storage needs your help in deciding what image is next to be used in the new mural honoring Fillmore’s great agricultural heritage.

We value our community and your opinion plays an important role in the development of this mural. We would appreciate you taking the time to choose your favorite image on our online poll, this should only take a couple minutes of your time, and would be very valuable to our team.

To participate in this online poll, please visit: facebook.com/novastorage/

Let us take care of your self-storage and or parking needs! Log on to NovaStorage.com or visit our facility at 455 A ST. Fillmore, CA 93015

 


 
Launches New Campaign to Motivate the Public to Donate

Vitalant, the nation’s largest nonprofit, independent blood collector, serving the local community in the Central Coast, has declared a critical shortage of blood as supplies have been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Shelter-in-place orders led to 762 blood drives canceled since early March alone, resulting in a loss of 25,194 uncollected blood donations. That, coupled with a resumption of surgeries and other medical procedures as stay-at-home restrictions were lifted, has caused a 25% increase in the need for blood during the past several weeks.

All blood types are critically needed right now, with an especially high need for type O, A-negative and B-negative red blood cells. In addition, platelets are always needed by patients for cancer treatments, surgeries and emergencies. Because of its short shelf life—only 5 days—the supply of platelets must be continually replenished.

Donors are strongly urged to give blood as soon as possible by going online to vitalant.org or calling 877-258-4825 (877-25-VITAL).

“We strive to maintain a 4-day supply of blood just to provide what patients need, and currently we’re at less than half that for certain blood types,” said Dr. Ralph Vassallo, Chief Medical Officer at Vitalant. “It’s absolutely vital—a matter of life or death for some—to have enough blood collected and readily available on hospital shelves when patients need it.”
In the Central Coast, Vitalant must collect over 4,284 blood donations per month to meet patients’ transfusion needs. Every two seconds, someone needs blood. Vitalant urgently needs donors to make an appointment today to ensure a stable blood supply.

Vitalant recently released its Because of You, Life Doesn’t Stop campaign, calling on all donors to take action now and give blood or convalescent plasma to meet immediate and ongoing needs. Recovered COVID-19 patients have immune-boosting antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in their plasma, which can be given to patients currently fighting COVID-19.

“The public responded when thousands of blood drives were canceled—more than 100,000 units of blood lost—at the beginning of the pandemic,” said Cliff Numark, Chief of Marketing. “We are in the aftermath and we need to let people know that without donating blood today, life could stop for hospital patients.”

The U.S. Surgeon General and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have designated blood donation as an essential activity, encouraging healthy and eligible donors to continue to donate even amidst COVID-19 response measures. From coast to coast, all Vitalant centers continue to deploy strict precautionary measures to ensure the safety of donors, patients and staff, including:

• Taking donors’ temperatures upon check-in (staff self-monitor their temperatures)

• Requiring face masks or cloth-based face coverings (donors and staff)

• Disinfecting donor-touched and other high-touch areas often and after every donation

• Ensuring social distancing to keep donors and staff safe.

For more information on donating blood, view the PSA. To join the larger conversation about blood and plasma donations visit: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtag #VitalToLife.

Insights, messaging and creative donated by LRW Group Companies including LRW, T3 and Karma Agency. Additional data provided by LRW partner LUCID.

About Vitalant
Vitalant (“Vye-TAL-ent”) is the nation’s second largest community blood service provider, supplying comprehensive transfusion medicine services for nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states. Vitalant inspires local communities to serve the needs of others and transform lives through the selfless act of donating blood. Every day, almost 5,000 blood donations are needed to meet the needs of people throughout the country, and Vitalant’s 800,000 donors supply 1.8 million donations a year. In addition to blood products, Vitalant offers customers transfusion services, medical consulting, quality guidance, ongoing education, research and more. For more information and to schedule a donation, visit vitalant.org or call 877-258-4825 (877-25-VITAL). Join the conversation about impacting the lives of others on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 


 
Earl Hume, a traffic officer who came to Fillmore in 1922 and made chief in 1925. Photos courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum.
Earl Hume, a traffic officer who came to Fillmore in 1922 and made chief in 1925. Photos courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum.
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Earl Hume in the movies with Tom Mix.
Earl Hume in the movies with Tom Mix.
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Earl Hume.
Earl Hume.
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Jack Casner (c)1922
Jack Casner (c)1922
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San Quentin prison register entry Mason Bradfield 1910-1918.
San Quentin prison register entry Mason Bradfield 1910-1918.
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Courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum

The “law” in Ventura County began in 1872 when Governor Newton Booth signed assembly bill Number 218 separating Ventura County from Santa Barbara County. At the time it is estimated that there were about 5000 people living in the new county. Within 60 days elections were held for county officers with Frank Peterson being elected sheriff. He had a variety of responsibilities which included protecting the citizenry, resolving disputes, catching criminals, collecting taxes and serving subpoenas over approximately 1,800 square miles. He was assisted by two deputies. The sheriff’s office was supported by fees paid when he performed one of his required jobs. He was paid only for his services, he received no salary.

When T. Wallace More of Rancho Sespe was murdered in March, 1877, the Ventura County Sheriff refused to travel to Rancho Sespe to investigate. It wasn’t lack of jurisdiction but lack of money. He said that his budget did not have funds for investigations and besides if the public asked him to investigate he would never get anything else done. The surviving More brothers had to hire their own investigators to find out who had done the dastardly deed.

Fillmore did not exist until the arrival of the railroad in 1887. The population was scattered across the valley on small farms. But with the railroad’s arrival, the population began to grow.

For the next dozen years, the county sheriff was still the law in Fillmore. But as population and crime increased, it became apparent that a local lawman was needed. By 1897, Owen Miller had been hired as Fillmore’s first Constable. One of his earliest investigations had to do with the murder of fellow officer, Deputy Constable McCoy Pyle, in April 1897. The perpetrator turned out to be a fellow lawman and Pyle’s supposed best friend, Deputy Constable Edward McCamish, over a property theft. Miller also owned a hotel and was reputedly one of several local bootleggers. It was reported that he arrested two of his competitors, sent them to jail in Ventura and thus had several weeks without competition.

One of the longest serving Fillmore Constables was John, “Jack”, Casner, who served 31 years. Jack came to Fillmore in 1904 buying a stable on Main St. In 1910 he became Deputy Constable under then Constable Jack Trotter. In 1914 he was elected Constable and served in the position for the next 31 years. He told Charles Jarrett that the only time he faced personal danger was transporting a murderer from Sespe Hot Springs to Ventura. He could see the man weighing the possibility of escape, so nearing Tar Creek he told his deputy to “keep a sharp lookout for some men who were planning on coming out to meet the party so that they could lynch him.” From then on the murderer was very eager to remain under the protection of his guards.

It was almost 4 decades after the More murder that the next major crime happened. In 1915, Mason Bradfield shot George Henley of Sespe Brownstone fame in broad daylight in front of the Orange Leaf Café on Central Ave. Like many crimes it was a dispute over property rights that triggered the shooting. Bradfield was so angry that he followed a bleeding Henley down the street, shooting as he went. Constable Owen Miller finally stepped in to stop the action after Bradfield ran out of bullets. According to Edith Jarrett’s book “Old Timers’ Tales of Fillmore,” Bradfield went to jail and upon release ran in to Owen Miller who gave him back his gun and said, “Next time, do a better job.”

Probably the most memorable lawman was Earl Hume. He came to Fillmore in 1922 as a traffic officer and in 1925 was made Chief. He served until June 1967, (a one-man force) the longest term of any in history. When dealing with youthful offenders he often made the sentence fit the crime. One group of boys having stolen the school superintendent’s hubcaps were sentenced to 6 months washing the police cars.

For more information about Fillmore visit the museum website or Facebook page.

 
Photo of the Week "Port San Luis boat yard and village from the Harford Pier" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, manual mode, Tamron 16-300mm lens at 29mm. Exposure; ISO 1250, aperture f/11, 2-second shutter speed.
Photo of the Week "Port San Luis boat yard and village from the Harford Pier" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, manual mode, Tamron 16-300mm lens at 29mm. Exposure; ISO 1250, aperture f/11, 2-second shutter speed.
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5-4-3-2-1-Click!
Bob Crum
Bob Crum

Back in the film days, I received a phone call from an excited Florida marina manager friend. "You have to see this new boat," he yelled! I jumped in my '86 Chevy pickup and boogied. Oh my, a 36-foot fiberglass sport fisherman complete with transom door, outriggers and flybridge. Wow! Twin diesel engines pushed the revolutionary hull through the ocean. The owner came by and filled us in on the details as we drooled.
Of course, I made photos.

Later, the processed film revealed bad news: All 36 exposures were out of focus. Repair shop found the lens focusing mechanism misaligned. Fortunately, it wasn't an assignment, and I got a better do-over. The boat owner invited me back to go out on the ocean for on-the-water photos. Action photos shot and I sold the photos to a boating magazine. Karma?

From that day on, focusing remained uppermost in my mind. In these days of autofocus, inaccurate focus is not acceptable. Publications will not accept out-of-focus photos. Furthermore, if I spend $hundreds on a lens, I expect it to perform correctly. But what if it doesn't?

At a photography conference, I learned that even new lenses could exhibit focusing errors for various reasons. I also discovered a tool called LensAlign. But using LensAlign is like washing my truck's windshield with an ice cube: Tedious. But I can assess whether a camera-lens combination is autofocusing accurately and, if not, the amount of deviation.

Three lenses I tested autofocused accurately, two didn't. A slight focus issue might not be noticeable in a photo from a 10MP camera. However, it is noticeable in a photo from a 20+ MP camera like mine. Stopping (closing) down the aperture tends to minimize the appearance of autofocus errors. But open the lens aperture for bokeh, as I do for my mermaid boudoir photoshoots, and unacceptable blur occurs.

One lens back-focused slightly, and one front-focused slightly. Back or front focus is the autofocus error of the lens when the focus point falls behind or ahead of the subject. Being somewhat out of focus creates the appearance of a slight blur. After adjusting my Canon 7D MKII camera's AF microadjustment for each lens, the now sharp photos made my toes wiggle. Gearheads need to keep in mind that it's not a lens issue alone. It involves both the camera and lens combo. For the timid types, there are affordable camera & lens calibration services such as 'Perfect Image.'

The photo of the week was quite a challenge to create. Last fall, PCD (Pre COVID Days) I was shooting on the Harford on the San Luis Bay until after sundown. As I was returning to the parking lot, a photo opp suddenly appeared. Standing in the middle of the pier, the composition was so-so. I retreated a few feet to an alcove. From there, I framed a lovely composition. However, exposure issues prevented making the photo.

If only I could shoot out the overhead light messing with my camera's light meter. I moved to the other side of the pier. Voila! Uh, another problem: A two-second shutter speed was necessary for the required exposure! Good grief! A 2-second handheld photo is not practical. Without a tripod, it was cry or improvise. I improvised. I programmed the camera's timer for 10 seconds, put the camera on the pier railing, re-composed the photo and pressed the shutter release button....5-4-3-2-1-Click! I love the boats on the far left and the stars in the distant sky. Ah, sweet success.

Send comments, suggestions or questions to: focusonphotography@earthlink.net

 
Jose Luis Orozco, 35 of Fillmore.
Jose Luis Orozco, 35 of Fillmore.

A Piru resident stole a vehicle from an apartment complex. The victim later spotted the vehicle in Fillmore. The victim alerted the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies located the stolen car and the suspect, Jose Luis Orozco. Orozco was arrested for the theft of the vehicle and drug related charges.

On the morning of 05/14/2020, deputies responded to a stolen vehicle call in the 2900 block of Telegraph Road, in the unincorporated area of Piru. The victim had parked his vehicle in the parking lot of his apartment complex, where it had remained parked for about a week. When the victim came out of his residence this morning, he discovered his vehicle was missing. The victim called the Sheriff’s Office and reported the vehicle stolen.

Several hours later, as the victim was traveling eastbound on SR 126 near Santa Paula, he saw his vehicle in front of him. The victim began following the car and called the Sheriff’s Office to report he was following the suspect. The victim continued following his vehicle until the suspect parked it and walked into a residence in the area of Palm Street and Santa Clara Street, in the City of Fillmore. Deputies and Detectives from the Fillmore Police Department along with members of the Sheriff’s Gang Unit began a surveillance on the unoccupied stolen vehicle. When the suspect retuned to the vehicle a short time later, he was quickly arrested. The suspect was identified Jose Orozco. During a search of Orozco, Investigators recovered drugs and related paraphernalia.

Orozco was booked at the Pre Trial Detention Facility for:
VC 10851(a)- Unlawful taking of a vehicle H&S 11377(a)- Possession of A Controlled Substance H&S 11364(a)-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia PC 3056-Parole Hold

Orozco is currently being held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court on 07/14/2020.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that crime prevention begins at a personal level. When possible, keep your valuables out of sight or at home. Keep your vehicle locked when unattended and avoid leaving your car keys in your car.

Nature of Incident: Vehicle Theft Suspect Arrested
Report Number: 20-65810
Location: 2900 Block E. Telegraph Road, Piru
Date & Time: 05/14/2020 8:20 am
Unit(s) Responsible: Fillmore Patrol, Fillmore Investigations, Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent, City of Residence, Age
(A-1) Jose Luis Orozco, 35 of Fillmore
Prepared by: Detective Cesar Salas
Approved by: Captain Garo Kuredjian

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
On Tuesday, May 19th at 4:15pm at 971 Third Street in Fillmore, a two car collision involving a silver sedan and a bright yellow Subaru. No injuries were reported at the time of the accident. Cause is still under investigation.
On Tuesday, May 19th at 4:15pm at 971 Third Street in Fillmore, a two car collision involving a silver sedan and a bright yellow Subaru. No injuries were reported at the time of the accident. Cause is still under investigation.
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In April of this year Fillmore Unified School District announced the start of improvements to the Fillmore Middle School baseball and soccer fields, thanks to Measure V Bond, passed by residents of Fillmore and Piru in the 2016 election. Pictured above are some progress photos of the work in progress.
In April of this year Fillmore Unified School District announced the start of improvements to the Fillmore Middle School baseball and soccer fields, thanks to Measure V Bond, passed by residents of Fillmore and Piru in the 2016 election. Pictured above are some progress photos of the work in progress.
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